International Marine Debris Art Contest

Kids in grades K-12 are invited to participate in an international art contest with the theme Marine Debris – sponsored by Immersion Learning, The JASON Project, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  All entries must be uploaded by May 15, 2011.   Two age categories, total 12 entries selected as finalists w/  two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will receive a prize package to include:

  1. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Animal Adoption Kit – $250 level
  2. 16-inch plush beluga whale with Mystic Aquarium logo
  3. Signed book and photograph from Dr. Robert Ballard

Find out more and enter here:

Environmental Information Sources: Websites and Books

Great column in the recent Electronic Green Journal annotating environmental information web sites with a nice bibliography of books.  Categories include: Commercial Entities, Educational Institutions, International, Nonprofit & Research Organizations, U.S. Federal and State, Government Agencies, Books.

Shrode, Flora. (2010). Environmental Information Sources: Websites and Books. Electronic Green Journal, 1(30). Retrieved from:




50 Online Resources for LEED Certification just published a nice collection of resources on LEED certification called 50 Online Resources for LEED certification.  They include categories with links to sites that offer LEED Information and green building news and info on how to meet the standards, LEED education training and exam prep help,list of LEED experts, links to LEED materials and design guides, and LEED and green building forums. You can also check out the list on the right for more lists of resources relating to environmental topics or find a degree program through their search.

This website resource is not only good to pass along to your library patrons but useful if you are thinking about library green rebuild or getting LEED certification as a librarian. (Btw, I know several LEED AP certified librarians who rock: Anne Less, Ameet Doshi and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to name a few; if you want to know more about this idea, I’m sure they would be happy to be contacted 🙂

Top 10 Books on Environment 2010

Check out Booklist Online’s list of top 10 environmental books for 2010 (by Donna Seaman)

  • Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. By Bill McKibben. 2010. Times, $24 (9780805090567).
  • Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. By Daniel Goleman. 2009. Broadway, $26 (9780385527828).
  • Eating Animals. By Jonathan Safran Foer. 2009. Little, Brown, $25.99 (9780316069908).
  • Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. By Al Gore. 2009. Rodale, paper, $26.99 (9781594867347).
  • A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. By Rebecca Solnit. 2009. Viking, $27.95 (9780670021079).
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things. By Rick Smith and others. 2010. Counterpoint, $25 (9781582435671).
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. By James Hansen. 2009. Bloomsbury, $25 (9781608192007).
  • Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization. By Steven Solomon. 2010. Harper, $27.99 (9780060548308).
  • The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana. By Rick Bass. 2009. Houghton, $26 (9780547055169).
  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. By Douglas Brinkley. 2009. Harper, $34.99 (9780060565282).

UN World Environmental Day TODAY

1_backgroundEvery June 5 since 1972 is the UN’s World Environmental Day. The goal of this day  is to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Their web site offer many ideas, tips, information,videos, groups, campaigns and more.  Follow them on twitter and they will plant one tree for every follower! They also have a nice 12 steps program – to help unite and combat climate change.

Which candidate is greener?

Grist offers an easy to read chart comparing where all those running for presidency stand on various green issues.  The also offer a place to read about where those who are no longer running, stand on these issues. Or read more indepth information in their How Green Is Your Candidate section.  Grist, environmental news and commentary,  pride themselves in being independent, spotlighting trends before the main media, and not bring boring in reporting environmental news –  “it’s gloom and doom with a sense of humor.”

Green Printing

GreenPrint World – a new, free application  (for windows users) detects and highlights unwanted content before printing such as banner ads on a Web page, images that tends to spill over onto extra pages, etc. It also allows users to delete images they dont want to print, and create quick PDF files for easy printing.

GreenPrint World estimates regular users of this application will eliminate over 1400 pages a year and save $90! And it will spare 100 million trees from being chopped down and 300 million tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere. 

Download the free application here.